Waters Corporation

  • Chief Systems Architect

    Req. #
    Company Name
    Waters Division
    Research and Development
    US-MA-Milford | UK-Cheshire-Wilmslow
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Waters Corporation is currently seeking a Chief Systems Architect to join our organization.  In this newly created position, the Chief Systems Architect will report directly to the Senior Director of Systems Development.  The Chief Systems Architect will lead the definition, integration and maintenance of the systems architecture for all Water’s current and future systems.  This consists of Informatics (Software), Separations, Mass Spectrometry and Chemistry product lines. 


    The Chief Systems Architect will provide leadership and help ensure close collaboration with the Architects and Systems Engineers across all individual technology centers within the company. 


    Aspects of the role include but not limit to:

    • Designing, developing and overseeing systems architecture
    • Providing architectural leadership within a global systems engineering environment


    Desired Outcomes:

    • Defining the First Global Systems Architectural Design for the company
    • Integration of Global Systems Engineering Architecture within our Global Product Development Processes
    • Defining our Global Systems Engineering Architecture Framework


    Job Specific Capabilities

    This position's responsibilities will require the following:

    • Systems thinker - capable of defining the system context and understanding the role the system plays in the Enterprise environment.
    • Lifecycle view – understands wide stakeholder needs and how these can be met over the lifetime of a platform
    • System/Architectural Design – ability to define an architectural design allowing systems to be partitioned into system elements which can be tightly and robustly integrated.
    • Design for ... – Understanding the need to design for usability, manufacturability, reliability, maintainability, interoperability, cost, serviceability etc.
    • Interface Management – able to identify, define and control interfaces across the system or system element boundaries.
    • Maintain Design Integrity – ensure the overall coherence of evolving system design is maintained throughout the lifecycle.
    • Solution Selection – ability to drive to the selection of solutions which best match the needs of the overall system
    • System Robustness – ability to generate an architecture which delivers robust systems whilst allowing for future development and evolution.
    • Concurrent Engineering – ability to manage concurrent lifecycle activities and parallel development of the system elements and their architectures
    • Planning, Monitoring and Controlling – ability to plan, monitor and control architectural design activities.


    Broader Competencies

    • Experienced leader; authoritative and credible at senior levels.
    • Strong facilitation skills to bring groups and functions together.
    • Structured and organised
    • A good negotiator with the gravitas to influence and create harmony in an engineering context.
    • Cultural awareness to network with people globally.
    • Commercial awareness to understand the need to balance capability, cost and timescales.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Strong presentation skills and confidence dealing with senior managers.



    • A BSc or equivalent in a Scientific or Engineering discipline.
    • Minimum of 15 years experience in an engineering or scientific environment.
    • A second degree in Systems Engineering or a higher degree in a Scientific or Engineering discipline would be desirable.
    • Previous experience in a leadership role, preferably involving international teams.
    • Broad technical knowledge of software, firmware, electronics, mechanical design and the interactions between them.
    • Proven experience in application of Systems Engineering or technology/engineering leadership
    • Broad understanding of Waters’ technologies (Informatics, Separations, Mass Spectrometry, Chemistry) would be desirable.
    • Authentic - Operates with integrity, transparency and humility
    • Enterprise Minded - Acts as a true company owner to advance the overall interests of Waters
    • Outside-In Thinkers - Carries a broad global perspective of markets, technologies and trends
    • Agile - Balances clear strategic thinking and accountability in execution to deliver results
    • People- Actively creates the conditions for Waters’ people and teams to succeed

    Company Description

    Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), the world's leading specialty measurement company, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis innovations serving the life, materials and food sciences for nearly 60 years. With approximately 7,000 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in 31 countries, including 15 manufacturing facilities, and with products available in more than 100 countries.


    Waters Corporation's businesses include Waters, TA Instruments, VICAM, ERA, and Nonlinear Dynamics.


    Waters creates business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), chromatography columns and chemistry products, mass spectrometry systems, laboratory informatics solutions, and comprehensive service programs to enable significant advancement in healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality.



    Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our core values at Waters Corporation. Celebrating diversity is important to us. We thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products, our customers and our community. Waters is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or protected Veteran status. 


    Key Words

    Chief Systems Architect, Systems Engineering


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